WIP First Draft Extract 02/09/2017: Character Introduction

Claire wasn’t what her parents expected her to be, in fact there were many times they considered the possibility they brought home the wrong child. If it wasn’t for her father’s murky green eyes and her mother’s sharp nose they’d have been certain of it. Where they saw a man’s face, Claire saw his soul. There was something about the world that equal parts fascinated and horrified her, and within that ever expanding world was James.

Before James met Claire he was certain of his future. He would graduate, return to Edinburgh to work for his father, marry someone just so, have children and watch them follow in his footsteps. All of this would be followed by the inevitable end that greets all of the earth’s children. It didn’t scare him then that his life was to be no more than mediocre, but after he met Claire, it terrified him that he might not discover her.


Even I’m not entirely sure what this is or will be, I just felt the need to write and this is what found me. I plan on going with the flow with this one, so stay tuned for more of Claire and James. To be continued

– Beth. 

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Until You are Satisfied

 

This sadness is a sickness

Gnawing at my reason

I can’t hear my own voice

So I climb into your open mouth

Looking for a stage from which to scream

Hoping for an answer to my questions

Your tongue drags me deeper

There I whisper to you my secrets

But my words you cannot hear

You swallow me whole

You didn’t realise your mouth was full

I float through your gurgling stomach

Alone feeling sicker and sicker

You can’t feel me even though I’m right there

I do all I can to keep you alive

Working the cogs and gears that move you

But you never notice my efforts

You don’t see that I am down here drowning

You drain me without thought

Until you are satisfied.

Sail

Sometimes I start to talk and trip

over my words and return for another attempt

but they slip away and I just laugh

it’s nothing important anyway

next time I’ll find them, the words

I’ll say what I mean and mean exactly what I say

and they’ll hear me and understand

no, the same thing happens again

I start to tell them what’s on my mind

but I lose a word and stumble

my heart stammers and I panic

picking up any words I can to fill the silence

never finding the ones I meant to say

if I could just step aboard a tiny sailboat

surrender to the tide and the winds

wander over the oceans in purposeful quiet

the water has no need for conversation

the waves hold no judgement of lost words

this is where I take my mind

when words fail me and fall about the ground

far beyond the land where there is peace

where the waves crash like cats purring

giving me the strength to turn back

for the land might be treacherous

and the people there unforgiving

but it is home, far from this sail boat

and one day the words will find me there.

 


Daily Prompt from The Daily Post: Sail

 

Change

One step towards

another place

tapering further

on and on and –

stop to breathe

time is waiting

they are patient

not always kind

they shall wait

your return shines

hope and joy

the end is not in sight

never cross the finish

constantly flowing

new journeys

greet us with heart

warmth in mind

you will flourish

the world is yours.

 


 

 

For you.

Daily prompt from The Daily Post: Taper